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Biology (3096)


Biology - Associate in Science (AS) (3096)

If you are passionate about fighting disease, producing more sustainable resources or protecting plants and animals, HACC’s Biology Program may be just what you are looking for. With our small class sizes, hands-on labs and experienced faculty, you will learn the major biological and scientific concepts and latest technological advances to successfully transfer to a four-year institution. In fact, if you enter dual admission at Shippensburg University, York College or Central Penn College before completing 30 credits at HACC, you are guaranteed admission as a junior at these schools once you complete your HACC degree.

Students who thrive in this program are passionate about science and working with people, plants or animals; love finding answers to challenging questions; have strong math skills; and enjoy working with data.

Read more to learn how HACC’s Biology Program could be YOUR perfect fit.

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Our Biology Associate in Science (AS) program prepares you to transfer to four-year institution that offers a bachelor's degree program in:

  • Biology
  • Pre-professional health careers
  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Botany


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Throughout our program, you will: 

  • Demonstrate technical communication skills including written, spoken and graphical presentation of scientific data
  • Collect, manipulate, analyze and interpret data
  • Explain basic principles and concepts of science including the nature of science and scientific ethics as applied to the discipline
  • Demonstrate competency in entry-level technology that supports the scientific process
  • Apply the scientific method to solve scientific problems
  • Utilize discipline-specific scientific scholarly resources such as library and web-based resources
  • Conduct biological laboratory exercises using appropriate techniques and instrumentation



  • View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
  • Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.

Conveniently YOURS, our two-year degree program is a transfer program that is flexible enough to transfer to a wide variety of four-year colleges and universities with no loss of credit.  If your intended transfer school participates in Pennsylvania’s statewide college credit transfer system, you will be able to begin at the junior level. Our programs also transfer well to schools outside of the statewide transfer system. However, each individual college has its own unique program.

We encourage you to select a four-year school as soon as possible. This will allow you to learn the transfer college’s program requirements so you can take the proper classes at HACC.

Bloomsburg University of PA: Pennsylvania Statewide P2P Agreement (pdf)
California University of PA: Pennsylvania Statewide P2P Agreement (pdf)
Carlow University: Pennsylvania Statewide P2P Agreement (pdf)
Cheyney University of PA: Pennsylvania Statewide P2P Agreement (pdf)
Clarion University of PA: Pennsylvania Statewide P2P Agreement (pdf)
East Stroudsburg University of PA: Pennsylvania Statewide P2P Agreement (pdf)
Edinboro University of PA: Pennsylvania Statewide P2P Agreement (pdf)
Elizabethtown College: Biology into Biology Allied Health, Premedical, Biology Secondary Education (pdf)
Indiana University of PA: Pennsylvania Statewide P2P Agreement (pdf)
Kutztown University of PA: Pennsylvania Statewide P2P Agreement (pdf)
Lincoln University: Pennsylvania Statewide P2P Agreement (pdf)
Lock Haven University of PA: Pennsylvania Statewide P2P Agreement (pdf)
Mansfield University of PA: Pennsylvania Statewide P2P Agreement (pdf)
Millersville University of PA: Biology into BiolBA,Biol BSEd, or BiolBS (pdf)
Millersville University of PA: Pennsylvania Statewide P2P Agreement (pdf)
Penn State Harrisburg: Biology (pdf)
Penn State Harrisburg: Science (pdf)
Penn State York: Program to Program Transfer Information (pdf)
Shippensburg University of PA: Biology into Biology, Biology Education and Biology Health Professions (pdf)
Slippery Rock University of PA: Pennsylvania Statewide P2P Agreement (pdf)
West Chester University of PA: Pennsylvania Statewide P2P Agreement (pdf)
York College of Pennsylvania: Biology (pdf)

You can complete the entire program at the Harrisburg, Lancaster and York campuses.



Yes! Thanks to the HACC foundation, there are approximately 200 scholarships available. View the unique eligibility requirements and learn how to apply by visiting



We offer classes in the spring, summer and fall, and you can apply online anytime by visiting our website. When you apply, be sure to include the specific program code 3096 to ensure you apply for the correct program.



We want to help you succeed. Our experienced biology professors can provide the foundation you need to take your next step. For additional information, please contact an admissions counselor, our department chair Rae Dennis or request more information online.


Meet Rebecca: A HACC Student who Came Back

“It’s taken me 10 years to find my true calling and seek to continue my education.” 

“The process of teaching is a natural pursuit. At the end of the day, I am making both the individual and nation stronger by relying on science to inform our day-to-day choices.” – Geremea Fioravanti, M.S., associate professor of biology.